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Feeling bold? Give 'em lip

There's one sure-fire way to reinvigorate your beauty wardrobe this season and that's to perfect your pout. This autumn, it's all about the lip. Whether it's nude shades at Chloe, dramatic dark hues at Gucci or hot pinks at Jil Sander, there was something to appeal to the fussiest of us on the catwalks.

The ever-glamorous red is still a classic, but such a high-maintenance look is not for everyone. Instead of splashing out on experimental hues, why not not jazz up your usual shades? Swap peach for orange, nude for rose, pink for fuchsia or plum. But do your homework first.

If you have warm skin tones, you'll look great in bronzy shades, like peach and orange. Red is stunning on those with medium tones, while rose or violet look great on cooler customers.

Texture matters. If you're opting for a solid colour with a matte finish, then your lippie will be heavy on pigment and correspondingly light on moisture, so make sure to prep your lips first.

They will naturally become drier and flakier as the evenings draw in.

Ensure they look their very best by exfoliating any dead skin with a soft toothbrush and then applying a moisturising balm.

You should do this before you apply any type of colour but it's extra essential when you're using a matte one because it will appear uneven otherwise.

Clarins Hydra Quench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm (€16) is great for transforming dry, parched lips.

If you're using a high-pigment stain, give yourself enough time so that the balm has completely absorbed before you apply.

This is a great way of experimenting with dark shades because the texture is so translucent.

Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Mulberry, €24

Super-moisturising lipstick, with a creamy consistency that provides a satin finish with medium coverage.

Although it's very well pigmented, this wine-coloured shade isn't scary for newbies getting to grips with berry.

MAC's Viva Glam Gaga Lipglass, €17

A second limited edition collaboration between MAC and Lady Gaga (above) (all proceeds go to the MAC Aids Fund), the most surprising thing about this is that it's a lot more wearable than anything you might associate with Ms Germanotta.

It's a very pretty brown/nude gloss, with a just hint of shimmer.

Great for daytime, especially if you've got yellow skin tones.

Revlon's Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Spicy Cinnamon, €10.50

Jessica Alba (right) is a fan of this fab retro shade with its lovely texture and bold colour.

It glides on easily and lasts pretty well, but its moisturising texture does mean that it fails the two drinks test. Good price.

YSL's Rouge Pur Couture in Le Fuchsia, €25

An intense blue-based fuchsia with a soft matte finish, this richly pigmented shade is definitely a show-stopper and actually looks stunning on pale-faced girls. Perfect for a pop of colour.

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF15 in Red-y to Wear, €19

Highly moisturising, this leaves a lovely sheen on lips.

It's a classic red with blue undertones and certainly makes teeth look whiter.

It also has an anti-feathering formula which is good for older complexions.

Use a primer first if you really want it to last.

Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in La Raffinee, €30

Normally matte lipsticks can be drying but this latest formulation from Chanel (which hits counters at the end of the month) contains a jojoba oil derivative which makes it feel weightless and extra moisturising.

A rich rose colour, you can wear it every day.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Lipstick in Melon, €24

Definitely for divas only. Make sure to accessorise with lots of black mascara.

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